Florence is one of the most beautiful and must-see cities in Italy. A true renaissance time capsule with art by Brunelleschi, Donatello, Michelangelo and Botticelli. But while Florence is full of artistic treasures housed incredible buildings such as the Uffizi Gallery and the Pitti Palace, it’s not all about art and architecture. Travellers arriving on cheap flights to Florence will discover a warm, laid back city with a lively population. After flights to Florence land visitors can stroll the cobblestone streets and indulge in eating or shopping, all the major designers – Gucci, Armani, Prada are here, as well as markets selling all manner of leather goods at prices you can’t refuse. Peak season in Florence is summer, particularly July and August when you can’t move for tourists and the temperatures soar. Expect hotel accommodation and flight ticket prices to be at a premium. Book well in advance and don’t expect discounts. Many locals leave the city in August for some or all of the month for their holidays, so some restaurants and shops may be closed.
Florence enjoys mild but damp winters. Between December and February you can expect daily highs of around 10C-12C, with cold nights. Take an umbrella and rain jacket to ward off the showers. It occasionally snows but nothing to disrupt travel. Visit Florence in winter to take advantage of the scarcity of tourists, low season hotel prices and cheap flight tickets.
Flights from London to Florence: 2 hours 15 minutes.
Flights from Manchester to Florence: 3 hours 55 minutes.
Flights from Birmingham to Florence: 3 hours 45 minutes.
Flights from Glasgow to Florence: 4 hours.
Cityjet, British Airways and Vueling operate flights to Florence from London City Airport and Gatwick; there are around 3 direct flights a day. Air France, Lufthansa and Swiss Air are a few of the airlines offering connecting flights to Florence from London. These airlines also service other UK cities such as Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow.
Aeroporto di Firenze (FLR) is located 5 miles northwest of the city. There is a regular Airport Shuttle ‘Vola in Bus’ taking passengers from the airport terminal to the city for a reasonable price. Taxis are also available and take around 15 minutes, depending on traffic.